Cop probed for sex­ual as­sault

Lesotho Times - - News - ’Marafaele Mohloboli

PO­LICE are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a case in which a fe­male sus­pect was al­legedly sex­u­ally as­saulted in po­lice cus­tody by one of the po­lice of­fi­cers at Thamae Po­lice Sta­tion on Mon­day evening.

Po­lice spokesper­son, In­spec­tor Mpiti Mopeli (pic­tured), con­firmed that they were in­ves­ti­gat­ing a sus­pected case of a sex­ual of­fence and that no ar­rest had been made so far.

“We are cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing an in­ci­dent in which a woman was al­legedly sex­u­ally as­saulted by one of our own af­ter be­ing brought to Thamae Po­lice Sta­tion on charges of com­mon theft,” In­spec­tor Mopeli said.

Some sources privy to the mat­ter said that the po­lice of­fi­cer took the woman to his res­i­dence on the pre­text that he would give her food be­cause she had com­plained of hunger.

Once at his house, the of­fi­cer al­legedly took ad­van­tage and raped her.

“He took the lady with him to his house say­ing that he was go­ing to give her food as she hadn’t eaten any­thing in a long time and raped her. He then took her back to the hold­ing cell as if noth­ing had hap­pened,” the source said.

How­ever, In­spec­tor Mopeli said the lady was asked about her al­leged or­deal by the sta­tion com­man­der only for her to deny that any­thing like that had hap­pened.

“The sta­tion com­man­der asked her about the al­leged in­ci­dent but she is said to have de­nied ev­ery­thing. How­ever, a case was opened be­cause the lady said the po­lice of­fi­cer only asked for her con­tact de­tails.

“It is not ap­pro­pri­ate for a po­lice of­fi­cer to con­duct him­self in that man­ner to a sus­pect who is in cus­tody.

“It re­flects badly on us as an in­sti­tu­tion and sus­pects need to feel safe and not taken ad­van­tage of when they are held in cus­tody,” In­spec­tor Mopeli said.

An­other source told this pub­li­ca­tion that the woman this week ap­proached the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions’ of­fice in an at­tempt to with­draw the case against the po­lice of­fi­cer.

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